Re: X11 forwarding *works* for root, but not me -- what changed?

Kevin the Drummer <nobody@xxxxxxx> wrote:
After a machine reboot X11 forwarding no longer works for me.
But, it does work for root. This is backwards of the typical problem.
The error message I get is:

X connection to broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).

- The DISPLAY is the same for me as for root.

- root relies exclusively on /etc/ssh_config, i.e. there is no

'xauth -list' for root and for myself showed different magic cookies.
Merging root's magic cookie into my own .Xauthority fixed the immediate
problem. Shutting down X on the afflicted machines, zeroing out the
..Xauthority files, then restarting X seems to have solved most of the
problems. There is still one problem remaining though.

The remaining problems regards starting of 'exmh' like so:

/usr/bin/ssh -f 'ssh exmh'

I know that this looks a little odd, but this works:

/usr/bin/ssh -f 'ssh xterm'
/usr/bin/ssh -f 'ssh xlbiff'

I start the apps above like I do because 'myhost' is a quasi-DMZ.

The first time I tried to start 'exmh' as above I got

connect port 6013: Connection refused
X connection to broken \
(explicit kill or server shutdown).

I already had ports 6000:6010 open on my firewall, and now I had to go a
bit farther to get 6013. After that, the error message is:

X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication.
X connection to broken \
(explicit kill or server shutdown).

I have this set in my ssh config files:

/etc/ssh/ssh_config: ForwardAgent no
/etc/ssh/ssh_config: ForwardX11 yes
/etc/ssh/ssh_config: ForwardX11Trusted yes

/etc/ssh/sshd_config: X11Forwarding yes
/etc/ssh/sshd_config: X11UseLocalhost no

~/.ssh/config: ForwardX11 yes
~/.ssh/config: ForwardAgent yes

Part of what's happening seems to be that I get an incremented X display
for each new application that I launch. I think that everything used to
run on :10. But, now I'm getting :11, :12, :13, etc. It's possible
that if I could restrict this to :10, that just maybe life would be

Any guesses folks?


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